English Grammar and the Notion of Correct English
There has always been a dilemma on what changes faster, language or grammar. For that, we need to understand that a language is first spoken and then written. The spoken part is where most of the incorrect grammar lies, mostly because it is informal speech. As such, we can say that language changes faster than grammar. However, before you widen that smile of yours, let me tell you that it is always safe and practical to stick to the basic rules of grammar. Read on.
When it comes to English, the preferred corporate language globally, the difference narrows down sharply. You need to stay as close as possible to the written material, to sound both formal and correct at the same time. Although we tend to be adventurous at times, it is good to choose the form that is traditionally considered correct.
What about jokes…do I still need to sound formal and correct?
Let’s picture this. Your company has hosted an event, which could be anything from an annual dinner for its internal audience to an award ceremony with clients invited. While your joke definitely doesn’t need to be formal (when are they anyway?), but you would for sure want to put your best foot forward which in this case is correct grammar. Remember, the foremost giveaway of a fake product is its use of incorrect English grammar on its label! Google that.
Difference between English and other languages
With its acceptance all over the world, English language acts as a binding agent for cultures, subjects and what not. With all due respect to every language that there is, English seems to be the favourite among the business, technical and scientific community. That’s because the language is actually quite technical in nature. It is not that you won’t require editors for other languages; it is just that English is different in essence. Unlike other languages, sentences in English require a specific ending and start.
Let’s not make it too eccentric, picture this simple example in English and Spanish:
I speak. (Hablo.)
You speak. (Hablas.)
He/she speaks. (Habla.)